Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: The number of students in wealthy NY suburbs allowed extra time on high-stakes tests soars

Good morning, everyone. Schools Chancellor Carranza is signalling that he may be close to releasing his overhaul of discipline policies in city schools. Alex has the details.

He and Christina also have a report on how Carranza and other education leaders in the city pushed back on Tuesday against a set of news articles alleging the education department’s hiring practices and anti-bias training is creating a “toxic” culture demeaning to white staffers.

And as schools rely increasingly on online coursework to help students accrue the credits they need to graduate, Matt explains why some researchers are casting doubt on the quality and effectiveness of these online offerings.

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CHANGES ARE COMING Schools Chancellor Carranza is poised to unveil results of his overhaul of the school system’s discipline policies, and the changes are likely to focus on reducing suspensions and racial disparities. Chalkbeat

PUSHING BACK Carranza and other top education leaders mounted a defense of the education department’s hiring practices and anti-bias training in the wake of news articles alleging they created a “toxic” culture demeaning to white staffers. Chalkbeat

POOR CREDIT Schools are increasingly relying on online coursework to enable students to rapidly earn the credits they need to graduate, but the classes are of dubious quality, researchers have found. Chalkbeat

EXTRA HELP The number of public high-school students getting special allowances for test-taking, such as extra time, has soared in recent years, and affluent students, such as those from New York City’s wealthy suburbs, may be benefitting most. The Wall Street Journal

YOU NEVER KNOW The New York state lottery generates $3 billion for schools but once the money is divided among districts, it sometimes amounts to peanuts. My Twin Tiers

MEASURING UP Whether school segregation appears to be increasing across the country partly depends on which method of measuring the divide is used, two scholars argue. Education Next

FOLLOW THE MONEY New York City spends more than twice the national average per pupil to educate students, leading some to question whether the system is getting enough return on its investment. The New York Post

IT’S SETTLED A powerful state teachers union has agreed to pay $100,000 to resolve allegations its top officials violated state election law. The Albany Times Union, New York Post

OPINION A columnist argues that schools Chancellor Carranza is departing from the dream that Martin Luther King, Jr. once articulated. The New York Post